Me: Do you love your brother Ethan?
L: No, I love Ryan.
I thought, "oh how sweet, she sees Ethan as her playmate but Ryan as the brother she loves!"
A few weeks later the situation was reversed...
She was playing with Ryan, which generally means she jumps up and down on him and they both giggle, and after I asked the same question.
Me: Do you love your brother Ryan?
L: No, I love Ethan.
Saying she loved the other was my sweet little girl's way of saying that, even though she was playing with only one at that time, she wanted to be sure that I knew that she loved both.